NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– There are a few changes in the air for Bethel College’s 43rd Fall Festival, Oct. 3-6 this year with most events taking place Oct.5 on campus.
“Though many of the longtime traditions will continue, a few will be ended, downsized or relocated in 2013,” said Fall Festival organizer Dave Linscheid, Bethel director of alumni relations.
To start, the Fall Festival buttons are being retired. “Instead, we invite you to spend a little extra to support the many groups raising money at Taste of Newton and the Fall Fest fair,” Linscheid said.
Taste of Newton downtown is the first major event, Oct. 3 from 6-9 p.m. Taste of Newton features a wide variety of food from local restaurants and church and civic groups plus live entertainment ranging from square dancing to choral music to jazz to tae kwon do to Newton’s Azteca Dancers.
The star of Friday, Oct. 4, will be a brand-new limerick book produced by the Bethel College Women’s Association. A BC ABC Book: Bethel College of Kansas in Art and Rhyme will be introduced in convocation at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium and celebrated in a book launch party from 5-7 p.m. in Mojo’s Coffee Shop.
A BC ABC Book features limericks by 17 different Bethel alumni and illustrations by 27 alumni artists (class years ranging from 1947 to 2014). It will be for sale at the party and in the BCWA Market on the Green tent on Saturday, with proceeds going to support Bethel College.
The 7th annual STEM Symposium begins Friday at 1 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, this year honoring chemistry at Bethel. Alumni speakers are Daniel Unruh, Kalona, Iowa, and Sharon Thieszen, Sheboygan, Wis., on Friday, and Don Miller, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday (keynote, in the Ad Building chapel). All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Fall Festival theater production this year is the classic comedy You Can’t Take It with You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, with the first performance Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (additional shows Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., and Oct. 6, 2 p.m., all in Krehbiel Auditorium). Tickets are on sale at Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours or one hour before each performance, subject to availability, in the Fine Arts Center ticket office.
An artist reception for Carol Long, St. John, will be Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m., outside the Fine Arts Center Gallery. Her exhibit, “Efflorescence in Clay,” will be open in the gallery Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 2-4 p.m.
The changes in Fall Festival will mostly be seen during Saturday’s “Fair Day” on campus. Besides there being no buttons for sale, two standard food venues have been downsized.
The Bethel College Women’s Association will not be offering the German meal at noon in Thresher Gym. There will, however, be borscht and zwieback for sale in a booth in front of Memorial Hall (as well as the always-anticipated New Year’s cookies in the “Schmeck Haus” in its usual location between Schultz Student Center and the Fine Arts Center).
The Alumni Association has scaled back the Food Tent to a Burger Booth, to be located next to their popular verenike booth.
Because of major grass reseeding on the Green’s south end, the Children’s Park this year has been relocated. It will be set up in the grassy area behind the Administration Building.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, Fall Festival Fair Day on the Bethel campus, food and craft booths as well as exhibits by student, alumni and local organizations open beginning at 9 a.m. on and around the Green.
The Betty Zehr Memorial Garden, on the south end of the Green, will be dedicated with a short ceremony from 9-9:15 a.m.
A centerpiece of Fair Day is the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Bethel volleyball. Team members, coaches and managers from 1973-2013 are invited for a time of visiting and storytelling at noon in Krehbiel Auditorium, followed at 1 p.m. by a program open to everyone.
There is varsity volleyball at 2 p.m., with Bethel playing Kansas Wesleyan University, and an anniversary reception following the game in Thresher Gym. (Diane Flickner, who coached 1978-88, will be inducted in the Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 4, at the 7 p.m. banquet in Schultz Student Center.)
For the first time, Southwest Dairy Farmers brings its mobile classroom to campus for live milking demonstrations and 10-minute talks at 10, 11 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1 p.m. in front of Thresher Gym.
Perennial favorite the Newton Community Children’s Choir will sing in the Entertainment Tent on the Green, rather than in Memorial Hall, at 11:10 a.m., immediately following the auction of a wheat marquetry picture of the Administration Building, created by Marie and Martha Voth of North Newton. Wade Brubacher will be the auctioneer, starting at 11:04 a.m. in the Entertainment Tent.
Also in the Entertainment Tent: The Book of JEBB, a local gospel/bluegrass group (9:15 a.m.); music by members of Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, and the immigrant rights group Mi Projimo (10 a.m.); the Bethel a cappella groups Woven and Open Road (11:30 a.m.); and Jazzfest, featuring local high school and Bethel College musicians, beginning at noon.
The biennial Low German program takes place at 10 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. There is no admission charge but a freewill offering will be taken to support Bethel College.
Music and dance students from the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts will present “A World of Art” in Memorial Hall at 1 p.m.
Special events at Kauffman Museum include “A History of the Bethel Bell” by Newton attorney Levi Goossen, 11:30 a.m. in the museum auditorium, and a staff reunion, open to any current or former employee, from 3-4 p.m.
Admission to the museum, including the special exhibit “Art that Worked: WPA Art in Newton 1935-1943,” is free throughout Fall Festival, Oct. 3-6.
The homecoming football game pits Bethel against the University of St. Mary at 7 p.m. Bethel student-athletes will be recognized at 6:30 p.m., right before game, on Joe W. Goering Field.
Other popular Saturday events are the come-and-go reunion of Freeman (S.D.) Academy and Freeman Junior College alumni , 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 172 of the Fine Arts Center, and the hymn sing, 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.
Reunions for classes celebrating 10 through 35 years will be held at various times in the Mabee Atrium of the James A. Will Family Academic Center.
The Saturday evening meal option is a Taco Tailgate catered by Bethel’s food service, Aladdin. Tickets must be purchased by the Sept. 27 deadline (adults $9.50, non-meal plan students $9, children 5-12 $6.50, children under 5 and Bethel students on the meal plan free).
For more details and a complete Fall Festival schedule, go to www.bethelks.edu/fallfest. You can view and print a festival program at this site.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.